Lets take this gig global!!
Alrighty folks....well this is my first 'on the road entry' We arrived in Delhi about 12:00 noon after a slightly delayed flight and managed to get a pre-paid taxi which all worked out ok- 250 rupes to the hotel which is about 3 quid for a 45 minute journey! There was no monkey business either which was good as we had heard a few horror stories. Mind you the drive there was the most crazy 45 mins of my life!! Its not really driving here but more a deathwish!! the roads are packed and its literally the bigger the vehicle the more presence he has! and the noise with all the horns is just mental! Once you get used to it tho you just kinda laugh at it and its quite good fun! The hotels ok and fairly safe but its in a prety shocking area. Didnt do too much on the first day except took a strol around and saw pretty much everything I expected to see...donkeys, cows, rats, monkeys, stray dogs, wild boars, goats etc...and alot of crazy people/characters aswell! We were all a little taken aback by it all really. WE met a sound scottish couple who had organised a tour of city so on day 2 we followed them down to the tourist office and booked a 2 day tour of the city strting with Old Delhi. We did the Red fort which was pretty impressive from inside but didnt wholy bowl me over, then we went to the Jama Masjid which is the biggest Mosque in India. Was real impressive and the courtyard in front hodls 25,000 people at prayer time! Had a awesome lunch at some swanky place which had just opened called Castle 9- three course meal in top drwer restaurant was about 3-4 quid which isnt too bad and the curry was AMAZING! In the afternoon we wnt to Humayuns Tomb which totally blew us away!! iT WAS INCREDIBLE!! The building itself and the gardens were real nice and quiet and relaxing. Defo the highlight so far. Didnt bother with dinner last night just went straight to bed really- oh and Lucy arrived which was cool! Today we finished off our tour with New Delhi. We started with the Lotus temple which was also amazing. Its really modern (the whoile place/complex) and free too. It also had the best bathrooms aswell (proper 5*- which I made FULL use of! Then we headedto Qtub Mata which was really nice. Kinda felt like Lara croft walking around with all the anciebt relics and sandy ground. Its over 2000 years old and you can still see the carvings perfectly. Loads of amazing birds around too (dad you'd love it) parrots, cockatoo type things and chipmunks too! Then in the arvo we did another tomb and mosque which were ok but had trouble with our cameras at one and so romptly left! Had another good meal tonight and now heading off to bed as we are catching the train to Agra tomorrow to see the one and only Taj Mahal! Will updater soon Dan PS- PLease excuse the spelling as this keyborad is crap!!